One of the strengths of Generation iY is Tim Elmore’s belief in the possibility and potential of this generation. Why do we hear about them so much? Well they are, population-wise, a large demographic. Therefore they have the potential to make a large impact. How does Elmore propose we mentor this population? Here are some of the suggestions that apply most directly to us as their academic advisors: (p. 203-206)
- Allow generation IY to be different from other generations. Believe it or not, our way may not be the best way. We need to learn from them how to help them achieve their goals.
- Help them to focus. This might mean helping them develop study skills or assisting them in keeping their eyes on the end goal whatever it might be. It might also be helping them find their sense of purpose.
- Enable them to take control of their lives. For us as advisors this may mean helping them find a major that really appeals to and challenges them. It may also mean coaching them to take more responsibility for their educational choices.
- Work with them to simplify their lives and deal with stress. Many of us are finding that we need, more often than in the past, to relay coping strategies to students experiencing increased stress/anxiety/ depression. Keeping it simple and clear and teaching them how to prioritize helps.
That’s it for Christy and Diana signing off on this book blog. Check out NACADA’s new common reading program coming soon. We hope to see you at OAAP in June and in Toronto at NACADA next April!
Christy Carlson, Trent and Diana Bumstead, Huron University College (Western)